Katie was cranking together breakfast this morning and her tablet holder broke. No big deal. Stuff happens. We were making coffee and I check the battery level. Empty already?
What you see above is a picture of our electricity life-force. The two batteries above are for the engine only. The four below are our house batteries. These provide the electricity we need while being on the road away from it all. Before we get started let me answer one question for the keen observer. Yes, those are ratchet straps. Yes they are holding the batteries in place. When I upgraded from 12 volt batteries to true 6 volt deep cycle batteries. I bought the biggest ones I could find and hence the battery tie downs were too short. We rushed to get on the road so ratchet straps will do.
Anyways, we have been starting to have an issue with our batteries only lasting 3 days. They should last 4-5 if we take it easy. The water levels had dropped and they needed to be refilled. So the tops were cleaned and distilled water added. Then back on the road,or not. Katie brought me a door handle for one of the luggage bays which had came off. The metal pin had worn itself loose and came out of it's mount. Awesome.
Door be damned we headed to our RV park for the night in the little town of Cougar WA. The RV was parked and set up started. I hooked up the sewer and pulled the handle for the grey water tank to drain. It broke. Then I went inside to level the RV. The jacks wouldn't go down. When I hit the rear down button all we heard was an extremely loud grinding noise coming from the back of the RV. Something with the pump system went haywire. This is a bigger deal than it sounds like. Without the RV level the fridge doesn't work. So I did what any man would do. I hit it with a hammer. With the pump system fixed the jacks were dropped and we left town for St Helens.
We were heading towards St. Helens today to see the north face from the Windy Ridge viewpoint. This would provide us with a better view of the tree blow down that occured in 1980. After 2 and a half hours of driving we arrived at Summit Lake.
We left the mountain and started the 2 hour drive back home. Halfway there the Check engine light for the jeep came on. It still runs ok, but yellow lights on the dash are never good. Arriving home we just wanted to eat dinner, sit down, and watch some TV. The Wifi doesn't work on the TV to stream shows. Forget it.
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